Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos from his trip to the parks on Friday, October 24, 2014.
As the tram passed by the backstage area of Disneyland through the fence you can see the sections of the Christmas tree are out and ready to be tested then assembled.
This World of Disney entrance is still Halloween merchandise but garland and other decorations are up in the windows and in the store.
A large portion of the World of Disney now features Christmas merchandise.
A look around since it was not crowded (seems the near 90 degree temps outside and the fact that it is a week before Halloween meant there was no rush for the Christmas merchandise).
A Grumpy shirt I do not remember from years past.
The 2014 Happy Holidays design on a t-shirt.
A classic/vintage Disneyland Christmas shirt.
The Frozen sisters made it onto the storybook, but surprisingly not a lot of the other merchandise I saw.
The 2014 Disneyland Resort ornament. It features several attractions. This side the Jungle Cruise and Tiki Room
An interesting selection on the ornament…Tower of Terror, Haunted Mansion, and Maleficent representing Fantasmic.
Another display of Christmas merchandise.
Another Villains stocking.
The work in the center of the Esplanade has wrapped up since my last trip.
The compass is still there and features all its wear but around it now is plain concrete so the sections that were most damaged are gone.
Oswald greeted me on Buena Vista Street
Next stop Cars Land. The poles on the right side of Route 66 are installed for the Christmas decorations.
Sarge’s has some Christmas items
The Curio store has some Christmas merchandise. A Seasons Speedings shirt.
Lightning Dashing through the snow
And the back of another sweatshirt.
Stopped by Ramone’s. There was one rack of Christmas items.
Red out waiting for guests as Lightning cruised by.
Stop by the Tower Hotel Store. Christmas is taking over here too.
Halloween decorations are still up throughout, though.
Next up Elias & Co. Big Hero 6 merchandise is available here. A couple of displays.
Out on Buena Vista Street, new eye bolts for the garland and wreaths that will be installed soon.
Over to Disneyland…Last visit I did not get any good pictures of the newly finished planter near City Hall.
The curb work was wrapped up last visit but again it was dark so I did not get pictures. Here are some. In preparation for the new walkway they have taken out much of the curb from the corner back to the Mad Hatter and made it a ramp.
The annual snowfall has occurred as Sleeping Beauty Castle prepares for the holidays.
The scaffolding is down but walls still up along Main Street as the current phase of refurbishments wrap up.
Down the block Refreshment Corner is still behind scaffolding.
Some daytime shots of the new First Aid and Wish Lounge facades. Last visit it was dark when I stopped by.
When holidays collide. Pumpkins around the hub and snow on the castle.
Random Minnie picture with a snowy Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background.
The rest of the castle ice/lighting is not installed. It looks nice and clean still.
Stopped by the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Halloween Carnival to check out the latest pumpkin creations. A Can Can Dancer.
Artist Mickey pumpkin
Goofy made out of pumpkins
The next creation taking shape… Jiminy Cricket
Shoe string fries were at the Village Haus today. So much better than the regular fries they have had.
Small World is closed for its Holiday overlay.
Toontown had some of the walkway blocked off, on the left will be the entrance for the pre-party.
Stopped back by the Ranch right before it closed. the Jiminy Cricket pumpkin had been completed.
The Silver Spur Supplies store in Frontierland is now Christmas.
The train depot has received its garland.
Most of the New Orleans Square decorations were up.
The wires are up but nothing strung across the walkway yet.
A projected/light alien figure near the Matterhorn/Pixie Hollow
Space Mountain and Big Hero 6 as the sun has almost set for the evening. No Ghost Galaxy lighting. Is that reserved just for the party now?
Another display of Big Hero 6 merchandise, this one in the Star Trader.
For the Halloween Party the Big Thunder Trail becomes spooky with lighting and sound effects. Here are a couple video clips along the trail and then one of the Rivers of America as the fog was starting up for the evening. This was right before 7:00pm and the park closing for day guests like me.
The Rivers of America were being covered in fog for the party.
The fog effect looked much better in person than my pictures… it was 7:00pm and the CMs started asking for wrist bands and asking guests to head toward the exits. So I could not really play around to try and get a good picture.
One last Castle picture from the hub.
Christmas has taken over the center section of the Emporium.
Over to Buena Vista Street. Christmas merchandise in Julius Katz & Sons
A Big Hero 6 display in the Character Close-up of the Animation Building in Hollywood Land
An original Britni Brault Maleficent Sculpture for $2,000 in Off the Page.
Watched World of Color from the standby area. Here is a picture from the Pirates fire sequence.
To close: the World of Disney windows have Christmas overlays.
Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of the Disneyland Resort. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Disneyland Update I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.